Posts Tagged ‘Alzheimer’s’

ALZHEIMER’S IMPACT IN SPOKEN-WORD BALLET

This weekend I discovered a remarkable narrated ballet called “A Life Unhappening,” presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis. This world premiere of Adam Stone’s work shows dancers representing three generations plus spoken narration. Together dancers and voices tell the story of how Alzheimer’s affects victim, family, and caregiver. The one-act show was warm, engaging, and surprising as Alzheimer’s makes its mark on the arts.

SEARCH FOR MEANING in Seattle

I am soon on my way to Seattle to present my new piece, “God & Alzheimer’s,” at the Seattle University Search for Meaning Book Festival on Sat., Feb. 4 at 1 p. m. (www.searchformeaning.us) This terrific trip gives me a chance to visit with new Alzheimer’s Association and Senior Services colleagues and to catch up with friends of SWIMMING SOLO (www.swimmingsolo.com). As an added bonus, I get to visit with 2 of my children and spouses, and to see grandchildren including a drummer in his band concert and one playing basketball.

MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS

Daughters & their aging mothers have been on my mind. As I wrote about my own mother in SWIMMING SOLO, I remembered teaching 3 of my favorite French authors who wrote about their mothers at the end of life: Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, & Annie Ernaux. And Alzheimer’s likely figured in at least one decline, Annnie Ernaux’s mother. On a fall day, I think of these portraits of French mothers and daughters, and of my own mother who, like one of autumn’s final flowers, slowly faded from purple to mauve.

EARLY EVIDENCE OF ALZHEIMER’S DEMENTIA

News in today’s New York Times (4/19/11) about new and mounting evidence of early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. New biomarker guidelines and stages of the disease will be released today by the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program. For lay people and writers like me, all news about research progress is welcome welcome welcome.